Career Resources

Kiss Cover Letters and Résumés Goodbye

By Desiree Yang

Did you know that the first professional résumé was written by Leonardo da Vinci in 1482? Or that the submission of a résumé to a prospective employer was a mere formality up until the 1950s? The résumé’s all too familiar sibling, the cover letter, was also first used in the 1950s as a descriptive document that helped employers learn more about the person behind the résumé. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: My Internship is Turning Out to be Less Than Satisfactory. What can I Do?

Question: My internship is turning out to be less than satisfactory and I don’t think I am learning much at all. What can I do?

Answer: Many students take up internships to give their résumé that extra shine, with most expecting it to be a productive learning experience that will prepare them for their future jobs. However, not all internships are created equal – interns may be made to perform menial tasks or given nothing to do at all – and an internship can easily be the longest and most nightmarish months for some. (Read More Here!)

Why Workplace Jargon is Bad

By Koh Wanzi

Many of you probably remember your first job – the moment you officially joined the workforce and got sucked into the vortex of office culture and its attendant meaningless phrases and buzzwords.

With phrases such as “touch base”, “360-degree thinking” and “streamlined work flow” bandied about left and right, it’s hard not to get caught up in a world of fuzzy metaphors. These buzzwords are supposed to convey new and energetic ways of thinking and doing work, but they do little but obfuscate – covering up their lack of substance with a fancy dressing. (Read More Here!)

Keep Fit for a Fit Organisation

In recent times, companies have become more conscious about the health of their employees and have begun to actively seek ways to promote healthy lifestyles at work. In addition to enhancing the physical well-being of employees and helping them feel better about themselves, sport can influence work outcomes in positive ways. Not only does sport help to relieve stress, it also builds camaraderie, improves mental alertness, and enhances productivity. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: Should I be Concerned that I Don't Spend a lot of Time Interacting with My Boss?

Question: I have friends who have quite a close working relationship with their boss. Should I be concerned that I’m spending too little time interacting with my boss?

Answer: For many, the very act of befriending or spending time with their boss lands right smack in uncharted territory that can be tricky to navigate (if they even wish to do so at all). However, a recent study conducted on 32,410 American and Canadian executives, managers and employees by Leadership IQ suggests that employees can benefit from spending more time with their direct supervisor each week. (Read More Here!)

National Day Special – Commemorating Beginnings

By Deanna Bonaparte

As Singapore celebrates her 49th birthday with the theme ‘Our People, Our Home’, companies ought to turn a retrospective eye towards their beginnings as well – and reaffirm their appreciation for the people who form the cornerstone of the workplace. By adopting Founder’s Day in the workplace, employers can showcase the value of their employees and help them feel appreciated.

In any case, ‘Our Employees, Our Workplace’ is not an entirely implausible theme to adopt – in fact the theme sounds a likeable tune – in view of Founder’s Day. It is an occasion to reinforce the shared vision among employees and thank them for their contributions. Here are some ways in which companies can acknowledge the contributions of their employees, while effectively commemorating their beginnings. (Read More Here!)

Convincing Employees to Grow with the Company

By Koh Wanzi

Many young professionals on the job market today view a job change as a move on to greener pastures, and more often than not, a new job does indeed net them higher salaries. They argue that switching jobs allows them to climb the corporate ladder faster, whereas staying with the same company could have them waiting longer for a raise or promotion. (Read More Here!)

How Cost-Efficient is the Transport Network in Singapore?

By Desiree Yang

Early in the month of January this year, the Public Transport Council announced a 3.2 per cent hike in both bus and train fares that would take effect from 6 April 2014. This of course sparked off much unhappiness among Singaporeans, as many saw the hike as an unreasonable call considering the whole string of train disruptions and delays that have occurred since 2011. Some even took to websites like The Real Singapore, calling for a mass protest against the fare hike, which eventually took place on 25 January 2014 at Hong Lim Park. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: Should I Create A WhatsApp Group Chat for my Team?

Question: I’m a manager looking for more convenient ways to communicate with my team outside the office. Should I create a WhatsApp group chat for my team? Will this appear unprofessional or seem like I am upsetting their work-life balance?

Answer: Messaging platforms such as WhatsApp have revolutionised the concept of text messaging, making it more convenient and akin to instant messaging where multiple short messages are favoured over a single, extended text message. With over 500 million active users today, WhatsApp is certainly the preferred messaging service for the majority of people. (Read More Here!)

Navigating the Changing Housing Market: Singapore vs the US

By Desiree Yang

Singapore’s land scarcity has resulted in many Singaporeans paying a hefty price to own their own homes. However, recent trends in the housing market and economy have left many speculating that home rentals will end up driving the future of the housing market, as the majority of the incoming working force will be unable to afford their own homes. (Read More Here!)